In the beginning was the Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be….

Today’s Gospel is the beginning of St. John’s Gospel. It is a passage that has tremendous power for me. When I hear the words proclaimed, or even when I simply read them myself, I feel something shift inside of me. The words pull me completely to a place of – I’m not even sure what the right word is – peace…security…absolute confidence in the power and presence of God. I many not know the exact word, but I know that what I feel as I sit transfixed by the Words comes from a place very deep inside.

What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it….
And the Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us.

But, of course, the Word of God is not designed to simply give us warm feelings inside. We are poised to enter a new year. A new beginning. As the old year ends, we might take some time to reflect on how we contributed to the enfleshment of the Word during this past year.